-Fire union raising money for fireman with cancer
By LYNN HAMILTON
No new business was on the City Council agenda Tuesday, but Councilman Jim Sheese seized the opportunity to confront fellow council member and mayoral candidate Tom Arthur about a statement that was published in The Brazil Times last week.
In an article which summarized Arthur's goals for the city, if elected, it was said that "Arthur believes that applying for grants could help in providing the Brazil Police Department with the technology and equipment they are lacking."
Sheese asked for more details about what he thinks they are lacking. Arthur explained that although he thinks the police department already possesses the necessary means to perform their duties sufficiently, certain tools are available that would make their jobs easier and safer. One example he gave was the placement of video cameras in the patrol cars.
Police Chief Terry Harrison said that they have purchased laptop computers to be used in the cars, but they have yet to be installed. This is partly due to lightning damage to computer system during recent storms.
Mayor Kenny Crabb informed the board that only one bid was made on the sidewalk project and that bid exceeded the amount of money set aside to pay for it.
The deadline for bids was last Friday, so Crabb said that original plans for the project will have to be revised in order to stay within the allotted budget.
The Police Department was also a topic during council reports, when Pat Heffner brought up the force's need for new cars. At least two will definitely need to be replaced by 2004 and it would be best if others are replaced next year as well. She also talked about the number of fire hydrants that need to be repaired and replaced around town.
Fire Chief Joe Bennett said that would take a great deal of time and money and that in the meantime, the Fire Department has applied for a grant to buy a dump tank in case they have to fight a fire that is not close enough to a working hydrant.
Mention was also made of the benefit for Shane Zurcher, a local fireman afflicted with cancer, which will be July 3-4 at Forest Park. They will have a food booth in a prominent location.
When the Board of Works meeting began, Crabb confirmed that the three trucks the city is buying for the water department should be available for use today.
Sheese noted that many car dealerships are offering unusually low prices on new vehicles and suggested that it may be beneficial to look for two or three cars for police use now rather than waiting. A lack of funds is an issue at present, although money will be available at a later date, so the board discussed the possibility of having loan payments deferred until that time.